We would like nothing more than to just move on. But, that is very difficult to do when we hear weekly about a new case and the horror someone's son is going through on a college campus by being falsely accused of sexual assault and receiving no due process. So, I cautiously and somewhat reluctantly agreed to do the Nightline special because it seemed to be the right thing to do.
I don't blame the people who are vigorously fighting to protect women on college campuses even the craziest of feminists. I don't agree with their statistics, their logic, or their strategies, but I certainly agree with their overall objective of protecting women.
I have only one interest in this issue and that is due process. If a person is found guilty of sexually assaulting another person under a fair and credible legal process they should be held accountable according to the same legal process. The issue I have is that the current policies of our colleges and universities is to deem an accused person to be guilty unless and until that person can prove himself innocent. The underlying premise behind the thinking of our Founding Fathers when they addressed the right to due process in the Constitution is that it would be better for 10 guilty men to go free than one innocent man to be found guilty. There is a very clear reason for this. For over 200 years our judicial system has upheld that an individual accused of a crime is to be assumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Obama Administration through the Dept. of Education using Title IX as it's weapon has effectively ordered Colleges and Universities to play police, prosecuter, judge and jury when the issue is sexual assault. Can you imagine colleges judicating other crimes like murder or theft? All of this is completely political and is designed to cater to the feminist agenda in hopes of gaining votes and furthering governmental control over the educational system.
ABC news told me they wanted to present both sides of this issue. They told me they wanted a program that addressed the "real problems" in the hope of promoting discussion to find "real solutions". With the exception of approximately 2 minutes of a 30 minute episode, Nightline did nothing more than has already been beat to death by just about every other media entity by providing and promoting the "victim" side, which we all are very sympathetic to and familiar with. They used statistics which have all but been completely discredited and they pretty much ignored the issue of due process entirely.
I think it's clear why ABC Nightline is on at 12:30 am.....when most people are sleeping!